COVID-19 Resource Information

COVID-19 numbers are starting to decrease in the state of Georgia. Social distancing, face masks and hand washing are STILL recommended to continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. This page includes links to resources about recommended guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, including up-to-date Executive Orders from Governor Kemp,



✅Wear a mask
✅Practice social distancing
✅Wash/sanitize your hands regularly
✅Follow public health guidance





September 15, 2020 Executive Order

"Empowering A Healthy Georgia"


  1. Effective from September 16, 2020 at 12:00 A.M. until September 30, 2020 at 11:59 P.M., all residents and visitors of the State of Georgia shall practice Social Distancing. All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their homes or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia shall practice sanitation in accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Sheltering in Place, as defined in Section III of the Executive Order from September 16, 2020, is in effect until September 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The following groups of people must continue to Shelter in Place until that time:
  • Those persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements, and community integration homes. 
  • Those persons who have chronic lung disease.
  • Those persons who have moderate to severe asthma. 
  • Those persons who have severe heart disease. 
  • Those persons who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication.
  • Those persons, of any age, with class III or severe obesity.
  • Those persons diagnosed with the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.


That persons required to Shelter in Place shall be permitted to engage in the following activities: 

1. Conducting or participating in Essential Services;

2. Performing Necessary Travel;

3. Engaging in gainful employment or the performance of, or travel to and from the performance of, minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of a business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, or organization not classified as Critical Infrastructure;

4. Working in or for Critical Infrastructure and being actively engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from, their respective employment; or

5. For residents of Long-Term Care Facilities other than community living arrangements and community integration homes, any activity permitted by the State of Georgia Department of Public Health's Long-Term Care Facilities Reopening Guidance Administrative Order.
That persons required to Shelter in Place shall not receive visitors, except as follows: 
  1. Visitors providing medical, behavioral health, or emergency services or medical supplies or medication, including home hospice;
  2. Visitors providing support for the person to conduct activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living;
  3. Visitors providing necessa1y supplies and services, such as food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence;
  4. Visitors received during end-of-life circumstances; or
  5. For Residents of Long Care Term Facilities other than community living arrangements and community integration homes, any visitors permitted by the State of Georgia Depa1tment of Public Health's Long-Term Care Facilities Reopening Guidance Administrative Order.

To the extent practicable under the circumstances, visitors shall maintain a minimum distance of six (6) feet between themselves and all other occupants of the person's home or residence. 


The complete Shelter in Place guidelines start on page 10 of the Executive Order from September 15, 2020.



Furthermore, the "Empowering a Healthy Georgia" Executive Order from September 152020 addresses the protocol for social distancing and operations in Restaurants/Dining Establishments; Industry, Commerce, Organization & Non-Profit (which includes gyms, fitness centers, bars, movie theaters, amusement parks, water parks, etc.); Childcare/Education; Healthcare; Governments; Sports and Entertainment Venues and Conventions.

August 31, 2020 Executive Order

"Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency"


  • On July 31, 2020, Governor Kemp issued a new Executive Order renewing the State of Emergency until Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. To read the Executive Order, click here.




Covington City Council Adopts Mask Resolution


Effective Tuesday, September 1, 2020 individuals will be required to wear a face covering at City properties. While face coverings aren’t mandated on private property, Council members are encouraging businesses to institute the mandatory mask resolution.


“We have been proactive since day-one of the pandemic to ensure the safety of our community and this is another step,” said City Manager Scott Andrews. “Wearing a face covering will be a tremendous step in getting us back to the way of life we enjoyed prior to COVID-19.”


Masks are not required to be medical grade, so long as they cover the nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves and other similar fabrics are allowed.


Businesses within city limits may indicate that they require masks on their property by posting a notice at each entrance accessible to the public. Masks are not required while eating or drinking, or if socially distanced at least six feet apart.


The Covington Police Department will enforce the ordinance on all public property and any private property that chooses to require masks. Any individual who fails to be in compliance with this order is subject to a $50 fine.